Our second day at the island started relatively early. We decided to join the Isla Blanca tour which was to leave from the pier (called Serena Pier) at 9AM. Our breakfast is a buffet and I wanted to take my time to enjoy it prior to the tour so it’s a slight trade-off with sleep. Yes, all our meals in the island: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are all buffets! If you’re really not in the mood to do any activities, you can actually end up just eating the whole day!
It took us around 40 minutes to get to Isla Blanca. And what a sight this tiny island was! It has fine creamy white sands all over, some mangroves on the sides, some trees here and there. But we’re not here for the island itself—we’re here for the coral reefs surrounding it!
Goodbye for now, Apulit!
What lies beneath the waters surrounding Isla Blanca.
Believe it or not, this is just a few meters away from the beach!
We were back on Apulit Island before noon and since we’re not that hungry yet, we decided to check out the beach on the other side of the island near where we ended our trek. And along the way, we met some more of the “locals.”
That afternoon, we decided to frolic on the beach and use the “toys” that are just lying around in the area. There’s the stand-up paddle board, a basket-like boat, and the single and double kayaks. We preferred the latter and we just paddled all around the area. Even the coral reefs around here, near our cottages, look amazing!
Hard to imagine that literally just a stone’s throw away from our cottages lie this amazing ecosystem.
I went back on dry land for some inland activities after reaching my quota of sunburn that afternoon. This time, I’m joining the rock climbing activity. And this time, it’s the real thing! I’m going to be climbing an actual rock face!
I wasn’t that confident that I can bring my camera safely while I climbed so I didn’t have any shot when I reached the top, but the view there was nothing short of spectacular!
And just as when I thought I’ve had enough vitamin sea already, I spent the rest of the afternoon again at the beach. This, while we wait for our next island activity, the sunset cruise.
The sunset cruise is exactly what is sounds like: a cruise while the sun is setting. The cruise starts at Serena Pier and goes around Apulit Island. It’s another great way of appreciating the island as you get to see its nooks and crannies that you won’t be able to reach or see from the island itself.
Perhaps the most interesting part of this cruise is we got to know some of the other guests better since our group was very small. Before the cruise was over, our “frequencies” were starting to align and we unanimously coerced our captain to align the boat in such a way that we’d get good group shots utilizing the light from the setting sun! And of course, our captain had no choice but be our photographer! It was so nice of our captain to do so, all while also serving as our tour guide as we move along from spot to spot.
We got back on the island just in time to catch happy hour at the bar! We didn’t really plan on getting drunk but it’s a great opportunity for us to try their in-house cocktails. Drinks are not included in our package that’s why we’re eager to catch this limited time!
After having our dinner, we did a bit of night swimming on the pool. It’s our last night and our last chance to savor the sound of the sea, bathe in a sky full of stars, and leisurely let time pass by…
A few more of the “locals” visited us that night. It truly is amazing to be surrounded by nature and the creatures that we share the world with.